Video of sports announcer Bob Rathbun appearing to suffer a frightening medical emergency on camera is shocking social media.
The 28-second-long clip sparked a flurry of speculation as Rathbun can be seen dropping his papers and shaking before the camera cuts away.
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Hawks Announcer Bob Rathbun suffering medical emergency. Pray for him. pic.twitter.com/PXO0ePR9Ny
— Bacon, Grits, Eggs (@reddawg77089) December 6, 2022
Bally Sports South Twitter account released a short statement, claiming Rathbun was simply “dehydrated” which resulted in a loss of consciousness, but not everyone is buying it:
The video is circulating re Bob Rathbun. It’s scary.
Passing out from dehydration while calling a game (versus, for example, working outside in extreme heat)?
Ok, it’s possible. And glad he’s Ok.
It’s not that this happened. It’s that so many of these seem to be happening. https://t.co/HLJlqWIgB9
— IT Guy (@ITGuy1959) December 6, 2022
Why do people want this deleted. It’s real life and gives more insight to what happened.
— محاصبي وكيل (@DaRealAnomaly) December 6, 2022
There’s no proof he had a seizure from dehydration. It says on site they TREATED him for dehydration before moving him. This is one of those little tricks that journalists use to give themselves an out later while still taking the opportunity to conjecture and shape perception.
— TurdCat ™ (@Creamymeemee) December 6, 2022
I have some ocean front property for sale if you believe this was d
— UltraMagaBayouGirl (@UltraMagaGirl73) December 6, 2022
Don’t forget your booster
— (@austyle70) December 6, 2022
This event is eerily reminiscent of a similar situation Representative Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., experienced in May 2019. While at a press conference with then-New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Nadler appeared close to losing consciousness, slumping over and falling ill. This, too, was blamed on dehydration and a warm room.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) May 25, 2019
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